Study of the cyclists non-compliance and unsafe behaviors at intersections in Austin, Texas
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In recent years, the City of Austin has undertaken several initiatives to enhance bicycle facilities and improve safety for bike riders. These improvements consist of implementation of bicycle lanes, raised barriers, and recently bicycle signals in the downtown area. This report is a part of research carried out in collaboration between City of Austin and Center for Transportation Research at the University of Texas at Austin to evaluate compliance behaviors before and after bicycle signal implementation at different locations determined by the City of Austin. This report evaluates cyclists’ unsafe passages and non-compliance behaviors including red light infringement, failure to use bike lanes, riding in prohibited direction, using pedestrian signals to cross the streets and conflicts between cyclists and motorists before installing bicycle signals and analyzes how these behaviors vary across different urban environments. The data required for this research was collected in October 2016 for six intersections determined by City of Austin. This research aims to find out how physical factors such as cyclist and vehicle volume and time of day affect noncompliance and unsafe behaviors among cyclists and how these behaviors vary depending on the bicycle stress level in different urban contexts.